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Hyundai is Top Non-Premium Automaker in J.D. Power Owner-Satisfaction Study

Hyundai LogoJust a short month after leading all non-premium brands in J.D. Power’s Initial Quality study, Hyundai became the first non-luxury car ever to top both the IQS and APEAL surveys in the same year. While the IQS study measures the amount of problems a car-owner has with his or her new car over the first 90 days of ownership, the aptly-named APEAL study ranks overall purchase satisfaction. By topping both, Hyundai definitively proves its cars are not just well-made and built with high-quality parts, but also are a true pleasure to own.

The APEAL study — which stands for Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout — surveyed more than 86,000 people after their first 90 days of owning a vehicle and asked them to rate their satisfaction with the car across 77 categories. These ratings are interpreted into a score on a thousand-point scale, and the higher the rating, the better the reviews. Hyundai led non-luxury cars with an impressive score of 804.

As well as ranking overall brands, the APEAL study also gives satisfaction awards to individual models. The Hyundai Accent was rated the best small car, with a score of 782. The Accent sports a comfortable, roomy interior and colorful exterior, all for an incredibly affordable price, making it easy to see why so many people consider it a great buy.

If there was ever a reason to make your next car purchase at our New Hampshire Hyundai dealership, this is it! Come see for yourself exactly why Hyundai is rated so highly by so many people. Take one out for a test-drive today!

Volkswagen Plans New Midsize SUV Designed for American Buyers

VW CrossBlue ConceptIn an effort to support more American workers and appeal to more American buyers, Volkswagen will be launching a new midsize SUV that will be assembled at the company’s Chattanooga, Tenn., plant starting in late 2016. Based on the CrossBlue concept vehicle that was revealed at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, the new model is expected to slot between the compact Volkswagen Tiguan and the more luxurious Volkswagen Touareg in the automaker’s SUV lineup.

Volkswagen says it will add roughly 2,000 U.S. jobs and invest about $900 million to support the manufacturing of its new seven-passenger SUV. Production of the vehicle will be integrated into the existing infrastructure of the Chattanooga facility, which is currently home to the VW Passat midsize sedan. Though Volkswagen has yet to confirm which of the CrossBlue’s features will actually make it to U.S. dealerships, buyers can expect a spacious interior, a range of high-tech features and an efficient drivetrain, with the concept housing a plug-in hybrid system that connects a TDI Clean Diesel engine with two electric motors.

“While it’s the compact-SUV segment that has exploded in recent years, the midsize SUV continues to be a favorite with Americans drivers, and Volkswagen is planning to win their hearts with a more affordable, more fuel-efficient and more technologically advanced model in 2016,” said Jared Saunders, general manager of AutoFair Volkswagen of Nashua, a New Hampshire Volkswagen dealer. “In the meantime, though, buyers who want a midsize SUV that offers nothing but the best in material quality and amenities can turn to the Volkswagen Touareg.”

Does Your Child Own One of the IIHS Recommended Pre-Owned Cars for Teens? Buy One from AutoFair Today!

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When choosing a car for a teen, the factors that go into the decision are not the same as those that go into a purchase for an adult. A great price tag, for example, generally matters more to a parent than luxury or flashiness, and good gas mileage likely outweighs the benefits of a powerful engine. But according to new research by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, most parents need to place safety higher on their list.

Car crashes are the leading cause of death among teenagers, and the IIHS has determined that parents should be paying more attention to this harsh reality when choosing vehicles for their teens. To help out, they’ve compiled their first-ever list of pre-owned vehicles that are safe for teens, and we were happy to see that many of these vehicles are available on our lots here in New Hampshire!

Below, we’ve listed the pre-owned Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Nissan and Volkswagen vehicles that were rated either best or good choices by the IIHS. Volkswagen, in particular, had a very strong performance with six models honored as best choices for teens, many of which can be found at our NH Volkswagen dealership in Nashua!

Check out the list, and then stop by one of our New Hampshire dealerships to test-drive a used car with your teen today!

 

Ford

Best (under $20,000)

Taurus, 2010 and later

Fusion, 2010 and later; built after April 2010

Edge, 2011 and later; built after February 2011

Flex, 2010 and later

Good (under $10,000)

Taurus, 2009

Escape, 2009 and later

Edge, 2007-2010

Taurus X, 2008-2009

 

Honda

Best

Accord Sedan, 2012 and later; coupe 2013-2014

CR-V, 2012 and later

Element, 2007 and later

Odyssey, 2011 and later

Good

Pilot, 2006 and later

Odyssey, 2005-2010

 

Hyundai

Best

Sonata, 2011 and later

Tucson, 2010 and later

Good

Azera, 2006 and later

Veracruz, 2007 and later

Santa Fe, 2007-2010

Entourage, 2007-2008

 

Nissan

Good

Rogue, 2008 and later

 

Volkswagen

Best

CC, 2009 and later

Passat, 2009 and later

Jetta SportsWagen, 2009 and later

Jetta, 2009 and later

Tiguan, 2009 and later

Routan, 2012

Good

Passat, 2006-2008

Routan, 2009-2011

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